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  • With Portland-Brunswick rail extension set, focus switches to funding Downeaster operations

    PORTLAND — After last week's receipt of a $35 million federal grant brightened the prospects for extending Amtrak Downeaster service from Portland to Brunswick within three years, state and federal officials are now trying ensure that the passenger service has the money to keep running....

  • Portland seeks input on King memorial; waterfront spot eyed for fisherman statue

    PORTLAND — The city is looking for ideas from the public about how best to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meanwhile, a group that has been working for six years to erect a monument to honor Portland's fishing heritage is gaining momentum....

  • Preliminary Freeport municipal budget shows $366K shortfall for fiscal 2011

    FREEPORT — Town Manager Dale Olmstead and Finance Director Abbe Yacoben presented the Town Council with a preliminary overview of the 2011 municipal budget last week. On Jan. 26, Olmstead told the council that town departments have been doing more work with fewer employees. In Town ...

  • Haiti benefit concert a Super Bowl alternative

    FALMOUTH — Though the Super Bowl may keep some folks away, a concert for Haiti disaster relief on Sunday, Feb. 7, promises to be a super entertainment alternative. While The Who may be the Super Bowl halftime show, the who's who list at Sunday's concert includes three Maine performin...

  • Before the deluge

    Lisa Tallman of Harpswell and her niece, Laura, 3, climb around the playground at the Topsham recreational area on Foreside Road on sunny Saturday, Jan. 23, before warm, rainy weather interrupted winter.

  • Scarborough schools advocacy group attracts members, criticism

    SCARBOROUGH — An organization of residents, parents and teachers hopes to engage the public as it examines what the town must do to protect and improve its educational system while grappling with a drop in state education funding that could exceed $2 million next year. But the group ...

  • From Scarborough with love

    Students from all levels of the Scarborough school system took part in Operation Cupid at the middle school Wednesday night, Jan. 27. More than $,1000 was raised to support 150 members of the U.S. Army Reserve 619th Transportation Company, now serving in Afghanistan, and their families. Students des...

  • Business as usual promised in South Portland after Uno files Chapter 11

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Uno's Chicago Grill restaurants in South Portland and Bangor are among 153 company-owned restaurants included in a corporate bankruptcy filing. Boston-based Uno Restaurant Holdings voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Jan. 20 in U.S. Bankruptcy Cour...

  • South Portland eyes waterfront property in land swap

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Feb. 1 will vote on a land swap that would give the city a slice of waterfront property along the Greenbelt Walkway. Mayor Tom Coward said councilors unanimously signaled support for the land swap with Louis Maietta at a workshop Monday night, Jan...

  • South Portland's Willard Beach saga goes national

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Life at Willard Beach is becoming an obsession for people as far away as California. And it has nothing to do with dogs. A group of local filmmakers are finding more and more cable stations are picking up their Internet series of three-minute comedies, "Willar...